After some waffles, bacon and a poached pear for breakfast, we kept driving north and headed in to Prairie Creek Redwood State Park – between the highway and the coast. The dirt road in had so many potholes it was quite slow going. There were also some creek crossings. $8 for a day use pass. At the end of the road, the trail to Fern Canyon began. It was a short walk through the trees before reaching a rocky creek that had over time carved out a canyon, at times 25m high. The canyon walls were completely covered in ferns and moss. The location was apparently used in Jurassic Park 2.
Back on the road and we spotted a gang of about 20 elk just sitting in the grass behind the dune.
We left the 101 after Crescent City and drove the 199 running along the Smith River until we crossed into Oregon. Then headed east to Ashland. This little town is known for it’s Shakespeare Festival which runs about 9 months of the year. We hadn’t made any plans to see a play but enjoyed a nice dinner at Amuse followed by a stroll in Lithia Park. It was designed by the same person who did Golden Gate Park in SF. Sunset is around 8:30pm.